Do you ever have those days where you impulse buy things you don’t usually use or particularly need just because it’s on sale and you have a killer coupon? That happens to me more often than I would probably care to admit. I mean, if the final price is going to be almost FREE, it just seems like doing the store a favor to take the merchandise off of their hands. That, and I get a little bit of a rush. Call it a ‘cheap high’. That’s exactly how I ended up with several packages of smoked sausage in my freezer that needed cooking and no ideas about what to do with it. Then I came across this cheesy nugget of a recipe at Kevin & Amanda‘s blog and decided to give it a go. You can never go wrong with a pasta and cheese combo. I altered it a bit to feed my larger family and it’s now one of my ‘fan favorites’. Seriously, it’s delicious. Give it a try…your taste buds will thank you.
Spicy Sausage and Pasta Casserole
- 1 lb. smoked sausage, cut into coin-sized slices
- 1 lb. pasta, rotini, penne, or campanelle
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp garlic, minced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup half and half
- 1 10 oz can Rotel, mild
- 2 cups mexican blend cheese, shredded
- 1/2 tsp each, salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup scallions, thinly sliced
- Over medium high heat, add olive oil to a dutch oven and toss with smoke sausage and onions. Saute until lightly browned.
- Add garlic and cook until fragrant, only about 30 seconds.
- Add in broth, tomatoes, half and half, pasta, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium low.
- Simmer until pasta is tender.
- Remove the pot from heat and stir in 1 cup of cheese.
- Transfer to a casserole or baking dish and top with remaining cup of cheese and scallions.
- Broil until cheese is slightly browned and bubbly.